January 22nd. So, it’s officially been a full year since I became an amateur fitness blogger. Time flies. 

A year ago today, Anderson froze over, and while everyone was going to the store to get what was left of the bread and milk, I was just trying to find all the cauliflower I could find to make cauli rice for Dan and me.  I came home, made us some lunch, and that was the special moment that Dan finally talked me into starting a blog. It was also a random Friday afternoon, the gym was closed for the rest of the day (ice storm, remember?) and we had an agreement to not eat out during the month of January to try and save money and be healthy, so, starting a blog sounded pretty exciting!

So, with that, I paid the $7 and some change for a WordPress subscription, and I wrote my first post here.  I just read back over it, and laughed to myself because there’s so much that’s still true today. One, I’m still a horrible writer (but that’s ok). But more importantly, I can still agree that the more I really try to learn about fitness, exercise, and overall health, the more I realize that I have so much more to learn (and that’s ok too). But what gets me the most excited is that so much of what I said I wanted to happen through this blog, and just 2016 in general actually DID happen!

2016 really was the year of “throwing myself out there” more, as well as the the year of being able to inspire people through health and fitness and all things CrossFit (all you people in the Upstate, more specifically). But I’m really thankful for all of the feedback I’ve received. Those who know me best know I work better off of affirmation, so thanks. And throughout the past year, people from all over have been reading it, and that is really cool. I even met a girl from North Dakota who happened to be behind me at an Athlete Briefing at Wodapalooza last weekend who told me she reads my blog. That means a lot to me. 

I wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for emailing me or contacting me through this site to let me know how it has inspired you. 

My goal with the recipes was to not impress you with my mad cooking skills, but to instead, give you practical healthy ideas to make your weeks a little easier – whether that be through meal prep tips or just easy, basic recipes. 

My goal with all things fitness and goal setting was to inspire all of you (and myself) that we can help ourselves have healthy, happy lifestyles, while still being people of fun and excitement. 

As I became more confident in who I am, what I stand for, and what I look like, I wanted that to inspire all of you. 

And every now and then, I was able to bring attention to really great people in my life that all of you need to know about!

I want this next year to be even greater! So, if there is anything in particular you want me to talk about, email me at alisonstall10@gmail.com  (or contact me through this site). 

And here’s another shoutout to my friend, Jerry, for giving me this really cool website that makes it a lot easier to share blog posts with all of you. Although it took awhile for me to be comfortable with the name chasingstall.com (I named it alisonstall.net when it was WordPress), I can say that I really do love it. Thank you Yerri!

And while we are on shoutouts, and I’ve said this before, but Dan is WAY better with food than I am. Or the cooking part at least. He’s the brain behind all of these recipes. Cooking, and food experimenting is still something we enjoy doing together, but he should get the credit, not me. Also, thanks to my friend, Lindsey for being way smarter than me, giving me ideas for this blog, and for believing in me. 

So, with that, here are some of my favorite posts from this past year (It was supposed to be Top 10, but ended up with 12. Go figure). 

Monday Motivation – Get Back Up

Monday Motivation – Strong > Skinny

Sunny Side Up Egg Cups

Game Day – Sweet Potato Apple Crisps

Dan’s Mango Salsa

How Lifting Heavy and Building Muscle Helped Save My Life <—whoa that’s dramatic.

Self Image, My Journey to Confidence, and Why I Don’t Hate on my Appearance

A Rookie at Regionals – Day 1

Battling Through Injury

Bacon Wrapped, Spinach-Mushroom-Avocado Stuffed Chicken

What I’m Learning

Trader Joe’s Essentials for the Simple Minded, Foodie Kind

Here’s one last THANK YOU to each and every single one of you for reading my blog!